According to two reports, one on Polygon and another on GiantBomb, Respawn co-founder Jason West has retired from the company he helped found with Vince Zampella in 2010. Both were founders of Infinity Ward, the Activision studio responsible for the Call of Duty franchise.
The departure, according to multiple sources, is due to family related issues and not because of any internal strife at Respawn. Those same sources say that West has been gone from the company for quite some time.
West and Zampella left Infinity Ward in 2010 to form Respawn Entertainment and inked a deal with Electronic Arts for its next game, but when they left it set off a serious of lawsuits and counter-suits between Activision, Respawn's co-founders and EA. A settlement was eventually reached in the billion dollar lawsuit last summer, but the terms of that settlement were kept strictly confidential.
Even with West gone, Respawn and Zampella are moving forward with their first game. Last week Zampella tweeted that the studio would be at E3 this year.